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It's never too early to begin promoting Fire Prevention Week (FPW) in your community. The Braintree (MA) Fire Department displayed the official FPW poster during a recent parade. When do you begin promoting FPW in your community? We want to hear from you.

FlyerFire departments can help save lives even before they start up the engines. Fire safety education and outreach is a critical facet to preventing injuries and fatalities as a result of fire-related emergencies.

NFPA has created Sparky’s Wish List to help fire departments get the materials they need for public outreach programs.

These lists can be presented as a clean, simple method of showing businesses and communities what is needed for fire safety education efforts.

Here at NFPA, we want to provide the tools needed to fire departments to help promote each Wish List. Many local businesses are ready to give their support to a wish list.  These businesses may include restaurants, insurance agencies and grocery stores.

Now you can create a template email to send to a local business requesting their support, provide them with flyers or verbiage for a newsletter, and even send a thank you note for their support. 

For more information, visit Sparky’s Wish List.

HemsleyWe were very sorry to hear that Sherman Hemsley, star of the hit television show, The Jeffersons (1975-1985), passed away Tuesday at the age of 74.

The late actor first played the character of George Jefferson on the popular ‘70s sitcom, ‘All in the Family’. Known for his humorous talent, Hemsley was discovered by producer Norman Lear in 1973 while still a stage actor in New York.

Hemsley had dreams of acting however when he was only a child. His dreams came to fruition during Fire Prevention Week when he played the role of fire for a school sketch.

"They threw water on me and I rolled on the floor and said 'Foiled again!'," he told the Associated Press in 1986.

We're glad Fire Prevention Week helped to launch this great talent's career and are saddened that he has passed away, but will keep Sherman in our memories!

We've heard from a few fire departments out there that adding items to your newly created Sparky's Wish List has been a challenge. So, we are here to help! Please follow the steps outlined below to add items once you have created your Wish List, but be sure to let us know if you still have questions. 

Step 1 SWL
Once you have gone through the registration form and submitted your department for a Wish List, click on the "My Wish List" tab in the top right corner of the web page. It will be empty at this point, as shown. The list of product categories will sit along the left hand side of the page. 

Step 2 SWL
After choosing a category, the page will fill with all of the items that fall under that given topic. Select "Add to Wish List" under any product you would like to have added to your list. 

Step 3 SWL
By selecting the "Add to Wish List" button, this screen will appear, giving you further product details and an option to choose a quantity as well as officially add the item to your list. 

Continue to add items until you have what your department needs and wants included. Remember, you can go back and add items at any time!

-Lauren Backstrom

from The Herald Sun


Durham Fire Department
Here at the Durham Fire Department we do more than fight fires. Much of the"more" we do is provide our residents with vital fire safety education through community outreach programs. Educational tools that help residents retain safety tips long after we've left an event are what's missing! That's why we need your help!
The Durham (NC) Fire Department wants citizens to know what’s on its wish list through Sparky’s Wish List, a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) partnership that links businesses and the community to fund life-saving fire safety education materials for fire departments.

“Protecting lives through community-based fire-safety education is extremely important to us,” Fire Chief Bruce Pagan said. “We want to make sure we deliver the most influential fire safety messages and educational tools which help us to do that.”

According to the NFPA, every year, fire departments in the United States respond to more than 350,000 home fires resulting in at least 2,500 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries - many of which could have been prevented with fire safety education.

"Fire safety education saves lives, but with current budget pressures, it's hard for many departments to pay for a range of educational materials," said Jim Shannon, president of NFPA, coordinator of the program. “Sparky's Wish List: Partnering for Fire-Safe Communities is designed to help close the gap between what fire departments can afford and what they need to educate on fire safety."

The Sparky's Wish List website allows fire departments to create a profile page, identifying specific materials needed for fire education programs. Residents, businesses, and others can then visit the Durham Fire Department’s profile page to choose items to purchase for the fire department.

Want to help a fire department in your state? See a list of departments that have created a Wish List for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign.

Dominos FPW
In addition to sending fire safety messages on top of pizza boxes throughout October, participating Domino’s stores will partner with their local fire departments to reward customers who have working smoke alarms. The fire department will deliver select orders from the store aboard a fire truck, checking the smoke alarms at the home. If the smoke alarms are working, the pizza is free!

Fire service: contact Jen Hug by Monday, Sept. 17 if you are interested in learning more about how to execute this program in your town. Domino’s Public Relations Team has a limited amount of spots open to facilitate the relationship with your local franchise owner. If you sign up between July 12 and July 26, you will be entered for a chance to win one of five Fire Prevention Week (FPW) in a Box for 100 people!

Find out how to sign up and read the official rules.  

-Lauren Backstrom

Sparky made a special visit to the Boys & Girls club in North Las Vegas while in town for the NFPA Conference & Expo. Joined by a team of firefighters from the North Las Vegas Fire Department, the event featured the first public showing of his new Fire Prevention Week video, “Be Rabbit Ready: Know Two Ways Out,”which includes a lively music video. Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s division manager of public education and Sparky answered questions and emphasized important fire safety tips.  The children danced to the music video and sang along before heading outside for show and tell with a fire truck.

Special thanks to the North Las Vegas Fire Department for teaming up with NFPA for this event. 



With the Fourth of July just around the corner, NFPA reminds you that every year, thousands of people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms because of incidents involving consumer fireworks. Many times, these injuries are extremely painful and require long-term recovery – using consumer fireworks is simply not worth the risk. NFPA's latest fireworks report which explores fire and injury dangers related to consumer fireworks. Did you know that the risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-14 with more than twice the risk for the general population?

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